Lightning strike causes explosion at Weld County oil storage facility

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WELD COUNTY, Colo. -- A lightning strike caused an explosion that damaged or destroyed up to six oil tanks at a storage facility near Hudson in Weld County on Monday night.

Hudson Fire Rescue said it happened about 10:20 p.m. at County Road 16 between County Roads 51 and 53 between Hudson and Keenesburg, about 40 miles northeast of Denver.

The fire burned for several hours before being brought under control on Tuesday morning. Firefighters were working to contain hot spots.

The facility is owned by NGL Energy Partners in Greeley.

Tyler Kaplan was driving southbound on Interstate 76 when video captured a flash of lightning then the explosion.

No injuries were reported.

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